Ben Stokes’ four-for leads England to victory in Binrmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, England’s Ben Stokes celebrates the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli on day 4 of the first Test against India in Birmingham on August 4, 2018.
England’s Ben Stokes celebrates the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli on day 4 of the first Test against India in Birmingham on August 4, 2018.
India, set 194 to win, were bowled out for 162 after resuming the fourth day on their overnight score of 110 for five.
England beat India by 31 runs the first Test at Edgbaston on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in a five-match series.
India, set 194 for victory, were dismissed for 162 before lunch on the fourth morning.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who could miss next week’s second Test at Lord’s because of a court trial on a charge of affray starting on Monday, took two wickets in an over including the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli for 43.
Star batsman Kohli had made 149 — his maiden Test century in England — during India’s first innings at Edgbaston.
Stokes ended the match when he had Hardik Pandya (31) caught at first slip for an innings return of four for 40 in 14.2 overs.
England’s 1,000th Test was a personal triumph for Sam Curran.
In just his second match at this level, the 20-year-old Surrey left-arm swing bowler took a Test-best four for 74 in India’s first innings 274.
And he followed that up with a dashing 63, his maiden Test fifty, to give England a target worth defending after they had collapsed to 87 for seven in their second innings.
Scoreboard
England 1st Innings 287
India 1st Innings 274
England 2nd Innings 180
India 2nd Innings: M. Vijay lbw b Broad 6; S. Dhawan c Bairstow b Broad 13; KL Rahul c Bairstow b Stokes 13; V. Kohli lbw b Stokes 51; A. Rahane c Bairstow b Curran 2; R. Ashwin c Bairstow b Anderson 13; D. Karthik c Malan b Anderson 20; H. Pandya c Cook b Stokes 31; M. Shami c Bairstow b Stokes 0; I. Sharma lbw b Rashid 11; U. Yadav not out 0. Extras (b1, lb2) 2
Total (all out, 54.2 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Vijay), 2-22 (Dhawan), 3-46 (Rahul), 4-63 (Rahane), 5-78 (Ashwin), 6-112 (Karthik), 7-141 (Kohli), 8-141 (Shami), 9-154 (Sharma), 10-162 (Pandya)
Bowling: Anderson 16-2-50-2; Broad 14-2-43-2; Stokes 14.2-40-4; Curran 6-0-18-1; Rashid 4-1-9-1
Result: England won by 31 runs
Series: England lead five-match Specsavers series 1-0

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